Week of February 8-12, 2021

This week we finished up our pet week! Even though it was a shortened week with snow days, we made pet pictures at the easel, pet stamp portraits, paper plate dogs, and mosaic cats. We had a lot of fun outside in the snow! We have been working on letter sounds and most of our friends can recognize their names when written. Thank you for those that brought in their pet pictures, or pictures of pets that they would like to have!
We welcomed a new friend,  Lylah to our Alim classroom. The children have shown her kindness and are very happy to have  her as a classmate.  We continue our Space Unit,  learning the Planet song, which some children have already memorized.   We talked about the Sun and how it's an important star.  Our kindness jar is almost full! We all decided that once it's full,  we will have a Pajama day.  Yay!!!!  I think next week this will happen because we only have two more poms poms to go!!!  I'm so proud of the kiddos.
This week’s parashat session was a combination of Yitro and Mishpatim. The  children enjoyed a puppet show featuring Moses and Yitro. We reviewed the Ten Commandments and focused on a few key points such as kindness, tzedakah and respecting other people’s things. Our fun parashat-related activity was to make an iPhone. The personalized iPhone has a commandment hidden under it’s corresponding numerical order. We also read Lights Out Shabbat. A relatable story for the current weather. 
Our Solar System exploration continues with more planet information and planet collages. After detailed discussion on all the eight planets, we learned about Voyager 1 and 2, probes sent into space to learn more about the outer planets. Then, back in our own solar system, and closer to Earth, we learned about USA astronauts and their experience in a spacecraft.  We watched a short video, which you may enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wV8yw7iV8w
This week in Science, keshet students explored the Planets Mercury and Venus, and we continue working on our Planet Mobile.  We painted the Sun and Mercury so far.  The children have memorized the song .... ask them to sing it for you. 
Journal writing continues daily, Math concepts include understanding teens; using cubes and little bears in groups of tens, and 'extra's' / 'ones'. The children are comfortable with the Reading A-Z program and working on comprehension skills as they work through the worksheets. Sometimes with all the cutting and pasting, gluestick gets all over the tables, which leads to table washing, which leads to chair cleaning and ultimately floor cleaning... One Keshet student, mop in hand, was overheard saying...' okay, no more cleaning, I've got work to do!' 
See this week's photo's here https://photos.app.goo.gl/6xsP6xGvgMJ3VvMN7


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